We see your Instagram posts. We see your Snapchat stories. And we’re just wondering: Did you forget that we are living through a pandemic? Did you forget that people are dying?
North Carolina’s new COVID-19 cases currently rank among the highest in the country. Now is not the time to be lax with your COVID-19 precautions — in fact, we should be more cautious than ever. Cases in North Carolina are up 15 percent in the past 14 days, while deaths are up 20 percent and hospitalizations are up 21 percent, according to data from The New York Times.
North Carolina currently ranks 8th in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases. In the spirit of mindless midterm grade calculations, let’s take a second to put that into perspective: 8 out of 50 is a 16 percent. How would you feel about opening up Sakai and seeing that you’re in the bottom 16 percent of your class? Not good (hopefully). Otherwise, it might be time to consider office hours.
We understand where the confusion stems from. When everyone around you seems to not only be returning to normal life, but also questioning why you aren’t doing the same, you might feel like the odd one out. We’re here to tell you that, sometimes, that’s okay!
Remember when camo first came back in style? The luckiest among us refused to take part, and back then, we were the weird ones. But look who’s laughing now! Let’s relive the camo trend avoidance, but replace camo with putting your life at serious risk. You’ll thank yourself later.